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QUALIFYING: Garcia Grabs Pole, Record

Youngest Driver To Capture Pole In NASCAR Toyota Series
NASCAR Toyota Series
May 26, 2012 - 9:40pm

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PUEBLA, Mexico - Ruben Garcia Jr. turned the fastest lap in qualifying for the Puebla 240 on the oval at the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed on Saturday, becoming the youngest driver to win a pole in the NASCAR Toyota Series.

Garcia, who turned a record lap of 39.093 seconds for an average speed of 115.110 mph on the 1.25-mile oval, is the youngest pole winner in the series at the age of 16 years, six months and five days.

Second quickest was Rogelio Lopez, with a lap of 39.203 seconds (114.787 mph). He was followed by Abraham Calderon, who held the provisional pole for much of the qualifying session. Jose Luis Ramirez was fourth quickest, with Rafael Martinez fifth fastest. Completing the top 10 were Hector Aguirre, Homero Richards, Antonio Perez, Rodrigo Peralta and Jorge Goeters,

"It's a good start and now comes the importance of a good race,” Garcia said. “I want to thank the whole team gave me a great car, otherwise it could not have got this pole."

The Puebla 240 is set to get underway at 1:30 p.m. CT on Sunday afternoon.